Berlin football breaks
Berlin is one of Europe's most exciting and fascinating cities and the same applies to its football clubs. It is home to Hertha Berlin, at the magnificent Olympiastadion, and the cult club from the east – Union Berlin. Shopping, history, culture, architecture and an exciting gastronomy with an increasing number of top-class restaurants: there are so many good reasons to visit Germany's vibrant capital Berlin. Plus the football of course!
The most famous Berlin club is of course Hertha Berlin who call the historic Olympiastadion their home. The stadium, built for the infamous 1936 Olympic Games, has been completely refurbished but it retains the austere architecture of the 1930s. It is located in a complex of facilities built for those Olympics and makes for a fascinating visit.
The Olympiastadion now has a capacity for 74,475 spectators making it one of the biggest arenas in Europe. The athletics track that surrounds the pitch is in the distinctive blue colours of Hertha Berlin.
The stadium is also the permanent home of the DFB Pokal Cup Final and was the venue for the 2006 World Cup Final.
Seeing Hertha live at the Olympiastadion is a modern day football experience in a truly dramatic setting. Hertha are a classic club dating back to 1892 and the club's name is said to come from a steamboat that passed Berlin.
The club's real heyday came nearly a century ago, after the First World War, when Hertha were rivals for the championship title in Germany, only to stumble at the final hurdle. But finally, at the beginning of the 1930s, luck smiled at Hertha as they won the league two years in a row (1930 and 1931).
Seventy years on (2000 and 2001) there were two straight wins again, this time in the German DFB Pokal Cup and they remain a regular fixture in the Bundesliga.
Berlin has been at the heart of political events throughout the 20th Century. As the capital of Germany through the Second World War there are many opportunities to learn about this dark period in history.
Of course the separation of East Germany from the rest of the country followed soon after, and the Berlin Wall divided the city and its people. The wall may have come down in 1989 but sections of it remain as a permanent reminder, together with museums, landmarks and tours recalling this unique period in European history. Metadata description: See Hertha Berlin play live in the Bundesliga in 2019/20. Book secure ticket and hotel packages to the German capital now!